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Conspiracy theories- sister gone mad...?

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Yallreadyforthis Thu 16-Apr-20 16:46:22

So, I'm close to my sister- I love her to bits. Without her, I have no idea what my life would have been like - I owe her so much.
But she has started posting loads of videos etc about conspiracy theories ( mostly American in origin- she's not American).
It's just..bonkers. I watched a few of the videos, and I'm appalled she can believe this stuff.
She's a small business owner who lives in a small town. I'm just, perplexed she can believe it. I've suggested that she may want to think about what she posts as she could seriously damage her reputation.
We've agreed to draw a line under the
I love her, but the respect I have for her has taken a massive hit.
Has anyone else had experience with this?

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lizzzyyliveson Thu 16-Apr-20 16:51:39

Does she believe them or is it just entertainment? I love to listen to podcasts about ghosts, alien abductions and timeslips. I don't think they are actually true, its just for fun. I find 'what ifs' interesting. Maybe suggest to her that she should have a separate identity to discuss these things away from her business name.

Yallreadyforthis Thu 16-Apr-20 17:30:00

She genuinely believes them- like that the Covid crisis is a world wide conspiracy to strip people of their rights

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JoeBidensDisintegratingBrain Thu 16-Apr-20 17:35:33

The above poster has a point. I find the fact people believe in such things fascinating. I wonder if people believe in them because they make life more interesting (without realising this is their incentive, of course).

Furthermore, some people are very trusting. They believe if someone tells them something, even over the internet, it must be true. As a young adult I believed weapons of destruction must exist in Iraq because politicians said they did and they wouldn't lie about such things.

Strangerthanstrange Thu 16-Apr-20 18:28:13

The possibility th

Mimishimi Fri 17-Apr-20 00:06:27

I agree with her

Blondiney Fri 17-Apr-20 01:43:21

Try as I might to rule out the conspiracy theories, I just can't right them off entirely. It wouldn't be the first time we've been lied to.

LilacTree1 Fri 17-Apr-20 03:07:25

I don’t think it was a conspiracy to strip people of rights but it’s a great product for government now they’ve found it.

She mustn’t put it on her business page though. I’ve recently found out some people have been believing in this for years but they would never say it in public in a way that linked to their work.

eaglejulesk Fri 17-Apr-20 03:50:48

She genuinely believes them- like that the Covid crisis is a world wide conspiracy to strip people of their rights hmm hmm

Wow - just wow!! So the leaders of the whole world got together to organise this in secret - even those at war? And said leaders are all having a wild time somewhere (in secret) as obviously their rights haven't been taken as well? There are no words......

YesIReallyDoLikeRootBeer Fri 17-Apr-20 04:24:45

My cousin keeps posting stuff, and believes, that the virus was created by Bill Gates to cut the population.

Yallreadyforthis Fri 17-Apr-20 12:14:38

@eaglejulesk
I know! And that the UN are in on it. As in the same folks who brought us the list of universal human rights.
And
@YesIReallyDoLikeRootBeer
( I like root beer too!)
Yes, she believes the thing about Bill Gates as well.

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cybercontroller Fri 17-Apr-20 12:17:58

I'd unfold her. If it has an impact on her reputation, that's on her.

LilacTree1 Fri 17-Apr-20 12:21:01

People who think it’s to cull the population- even the worst projections don’t do a decent job of that. A proper cull would be at least 40%.

But then these people probably see no problem with overpopulation either.

pocketem Fri 17-Apr-20 12:23:37

Just look at the helicopter thread on here to see how many mumsnetters eagerly lap up the conspiracy theories

BirdieFriendReturns Fri 17-Apr-20 12:32:20

Just because someone thinks differently to you doesn’t make them “mad.”

Elasticatedwaist Fri 17-Apr-20 12:41:00

I have a friend too who keeps posting things and trying to prove to me that it’s a false pandemic that the hospitals are all empty because it’s a huge cover up , posting #filmyourhospital and then saying she doesn’t know what to believe that it might be caused by 5g masts and so on . I’ve put across my view and she’s told me that I need to ‘ open my eyes ‘ !!

Yallreadyforthis Fri 17-Apr-20 14:01:47

Maybe ' mad' is a bit harsh.
I kept getting told to open my eyes too.
confused

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LilacTree1 Fri 17-Apr-20 14:37:12

Well, whoever you want to believe, the NHS are actually urging people to go to hospital if needed, such is the terror.

It would be easy to explain chest pain as stress at the moment so perhaps that factors in to people being too scared to go to A&E.

Lllot5 Fri 17-Apr-20 14:40:12

I think conspiracy theorists like to think they know something the rest of us don’t. Makes them feel superior.

buttermilkwaffles Fri 17-Apr-20 17:56:14

Some advice here:
mobile.twitter.com/firstdraftnews/status/1251188309902180362

Yallreadyforthis Fri 17-Apr-20 19:53:25

Thank you @buttermilkwaffles
That was helpful. I like how they phrased spreading misinformation as pollution.

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Floatyboat Fri 17-Apr-20 19:54:51

Is it possible she has been groomed by an extremist organisation?

Yallreadyforthis Fri 17-Apr-20 21:26:43

Hi Floaty...no not at all- she's just been taken in by this garbage

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Floatyboat Fri 17-Apr-20 23:49:11

Ok that's good. Just watch out for any clear "themes" emerging.

Rosebud79 Sun 26-Apr-20 10:45:04

I do believe some theories. The one about Elizabeth1 being a man I think could be true.

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